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MSU conference explores need for greater international cooperation to protect vital global watersheds
MLive (11/25)
A recent Michigan State University workshop focused on water rights and improving cross-border policies for the protection of the great waters of the world.

VU students testing area waters
The Northwest Indiana Times (11/21)
Students of Valparaiso University, Ind., were at Lake Michigan to work on water quality measurements for an Environmental Protection Agency education project.

Forest Hills students put surf boards to the test in Lake Michigan
MLive (11/20)
Surf’s up! Well at least it was for some lucky students from Forest Hills Public Schools on Thursday, Nov. 19. Twenty students from each of the district’s three high schools had an opportunity to surf 10- to 12-foot waves at Grand Haven State Park, Mich.

City says yes to dock sale
Traverse City Record-Eagle (11/3)
In Traverse City, Mich., commissioners agreed to sell the coal dock marina to a group of nonprofit organizations focused on Great Lakes history, education and environmental protection to expand use for nonprofits and construct new, modern facilities.

TVDSB high school students learn about importance of Great Lakes
St. Thomas Times-Journal (10/31)
Participants at the Lake Erie Student Conference spent the day in Port Stanley, Ont., taking demonstrations on water quality testing, commercial fishing, birds of prey and the threat of invasive species.

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Great Lakes native flora

4 | Native plant species of the Great Lakes region

Some common species...
Click for larger image. White pine (Pinus strobus)
The white pine, Michigan's state tree, is considered to be the largest conifer in the northeastern United States. The needles are soft, bluish-green to silver green in color and are regularly arranged in bundles of five. The eastern white pine forests in the lower peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin were clear-cut for lumber from 1850 to 1890; standing over 200 feet (60 meters) tall, each tree could provide 6,000 board feet (10 cubic meters) of lumber. However, reforestation efforts are beginning the slow regrowth of this much loved tree.

Click for a larger image. Blue violet (Viola sororia)
The blue violet can be found throughout the entire Great Lakes basin, and is Minnesota's and Illinois' state flower. The violet's colors can vary, ranging from blue to yellow, white, lilac and even green!

Click for a larger image. White oak (Quercus alba)
The white oak, Illinois' state tree, is a flowering angiosperm that can grow to be 100 feet tall, three feet wide, and can live to be 400 years old! The tree has grayish-white bark, which gives its name, and green-brown acorns. In the fall, the leaves will turn a variety of colors including red, gold, yellow, or purple.

State lists of native plants:
Illinois | Michigan | Minnesota | Ohio | Wisconsin

... and some rare species
Click for larger image. Houghton's goldenrod (Oligoneuron houghtonii)
This shoreline goldenrod grows nowhere else in the world but along the Great Lakes shoreline, mostly along the northern shores of Lakes Michigan and Huron. Increased human activity, such as foot and car traffic, along shorelines has caused Houghton's goldenrod to be listed as a threatened species.

Click for larger image. American Chestnut (Castanea dentata)
The chestnut tree was once abundant throughout the eastern Great Lakes region as well as other areas in the eastern United States. However, a chestnut blight was introduced by the non-native asiatic chestnut in 1904, and within 50 years the disease has spread to the entire population of chestnuts. While chestnut sprouts can still be found today, the disease usually kills the trees before they are able to produce seeds.

State lists of endangered species

Graphics: Minnesota's largest white pine, standing at 112 feet tall, 173 inches wide, and approximately 275 years old, Lake Itasca State Park (credit: USDA Forest Service, St. Paul Office); blue violet (William S. Justice, USDA PLANTS database); Houghton's goldenrod (Roy. B. Clarkson, USDA PLANTS database); American chestnut, ca. 1912 (credit: University of Guelph)

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